Civil ser­vant avoids jail for £76k tax credit fraud

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

A civil ser­vant, who lied about liv­ing with her part­ner to in­crease her tax credit pay­ments, has been handed a sus­pended sen­tence.

An­drea Mary Mont­gomery (39) from Dun­more Mews, falsely claimed to be a sin­gle par­ent, while liv­ing with her part­ner.

HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms (HMRC) in­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered that between 2012 and 2016, Mont­gomery, an em­ployee at the De­part­ment of Fi­nance and Per­son­nel in the North­ern Ire­land Civil Ser­vice, claimed more than £76,000 she wasn’t en­ti­tled to.

At Belfast Crown Court on Septem­ber 13, 2017, Mont­gomery ad­mit­ted fraud­u­lently claim­ing tax cred­its and was given an 18-month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for two years.

Be­fore sen­tenc­ing Mont­gomery, His Hon­our Judge McFarland com­mented that her fraud would have a se­ri­ous im­pact on her em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

Steve Tracey, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, Fraud In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice, HMRC, said: “I hope this sen­tence makes peo­ple think twice be­fore they know­ingly sub­mit fraud­u­lent claims.”

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